Dear citizens of Kyrgyzstan, dear Swiss citizens, dear friends of Switzerland,
I would like to personally welcome you to the website of the Swiss Embassy in Bishkek.
Since I arrived in Kyrgyzstan in August 2021, I have had the pleasure to attend celebrations for the 30th anniversary of country’s independence and to experience first-hand the outstanding hospitality of its people. If you do not know this country yet, I invite you to come to discover its magnificent mountains, its rich history and cultural diversity and to meet its dynamic business community.
My goal as the Swiss Ambassador in the Kyrgyz Republic is to enhance bilateral relations between our two countries, with political authorities as well as between people; 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations; both countries share many characteristics, including breathtaking nature or a diversity of people and culture. Both countries are landlocked, mountainous, with people who love their independence but are open to the world. We also are part of the same group in international institutions.
Switzerland has a large development program in Kyrgyzstan (around 21 million USD per year) and has been active in the fields of health, private sector development and job creation, water management and water supply, governance and decentralization. In 2021, we have designed our cooperation program for the years 2022-2025. We will continue to be active in the fields of water, infrastructure and climate change; governance, institutions and decentralization (including health); and employment and economic development. We will increase our support to civil society, women and youth, and get closer to the people in the regions, from Batken to Karakol, from Talas to Naryn; I am looking forward to visiting some of our ongoing projects to see their benefit for myself. We will also increasingly work in the area of climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The Swiss Embassy’s consular department issues biometric Schengen visas to Switzerland, and, depending on the sanitary situation in Europe, will soon also accept applications for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Our consular team is committed to providing quality and timely services to its clients, despite limitations caused by the covid pandemic.
The Swiss Embassy is supporting cultural events in Kyrgyzstan promoting diversity and intercultural exchange. Among others, we sponsored the Bishkek Jazz Festival, co-organized the Week of the Francophonie with the French Embassy and supported the Human Rights Film festival.
Over the last 30 years, jointly with the governments and our partners, Switzerland has been able to successfully support development efforts, to improve access to quality public services in particular at the municipal level, to improve the business climate and to support the national budget for health. However, Kyrgyzstan has been hit hard by the covid pandemic and several development challenges still have to be overcome to unleash its full economic and development potential. This is why Switzerland is committed to continue supporting the efforts of the government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals which seek to improve the life of its citizens, to promote democracy and human rights, and to ensure the ecosystems are preserved.
I encourage you to consult our website which will provide you with more detailed information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The team of the Embassy will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Olivier Bangerter
Ambassador of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic